Lake retires from Air Force

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Retiring Air Force Sgt. Brent Lake (right) receives a gift from his commanding Officer and crew.

Technical Sergeant Brent A. Lake recently retired from the U.S. Air Force. He was the Vehicle Fleet Manager of the 3d Air Support Operations Group, Fort Hood Army Installation, Texas.

Lake graduated from Telstar Regional High School in 1998 and enlisted in the United States Air Force on Sept. 9, 1998. After basic training, TSgt Lake attended Special Purpose Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance technical school in Port Hueneme, Calif. After graduating tech school, TSgt Lake was assigned to the 96th Transportation Squadron where he worked as a Special Purpose Vehicle Maintenance mechanic. Over the next several years he would inspect, service, troubleshoot and repair Eglin’s heave equipment vehicle fleet, during which he would experience his first deployment in March 2002 to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

In 2002, TSgt Lake witnessed the restructure and change of the 96th Transportation Squadron into the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron. He would complete a second deployment in March 2003 to Tabuk, Saudi Arabia then forward deploy to Al Dhafra United Arab Emirates in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In March 2005, he was reassigned to the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron RAF Mildenhall, England, where he would deploy from in May 2005 to complete his third deployment to Tallil AB Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Shortly after returning to Mildenhall, he became the assistant NCOIC of the Vehicle Maintenance Blue Team.

In January 2007, he deployed to Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait, to complete his fourth and final deployment where he became the NCOIC of Vehicle Maintenance night shift. Once back at Mildenhall, he was placed in the Vehicle Maintenance Customer Service Center where after several months he was appointed as the NCOIC. In March 2009, TSgt Lake went to Fort Hood to become NCOIC of Vehicle Maintenance at the 712th Air Support Operations Squadron. He was moved in August 2013 to the 3d Air Support Operations Group to take over his current position as the Vehicle Fleet Manager.

Technical Sergeant Lake’s decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters, AF Good Conduct Medal with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, AF Overseas Ribbon Short, AF Overseas Ribbon Long, AF Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster and AF Training Ribbon.

Technical Sergeant Lake is married to the former Chastity Ann Marie Soto of Sunray, Texas, and they have four children, Hayden 11, Hunter 10, Aaron 8 and Hailey 6.

Retiring Air Force Sgt. Brent Lake (right) receives a gift from his commanding Officer and crew.
Retiring Air Force Sgt. Brent Lake (right) receives a gift from his commanding Officer and crew.

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